Scousers believe they live in a special place, one that has more in common with Salvador da Bahia, New Orleans or Gdansk than anywhere in England, and the city has always punched above its weight. In less than a hundred years, however, Liverpool's image has declined from a major mercantile player known as the Second City of the Empire to what some social commentators have described as a cultural backwater remembered largely as the place where the Beatles were born.
In Liverpool: The Hurricane Port, Andrew Lees reveals how Liverpool's pre-eminence in the slave trade left an indelible scar on the psychogeography of the city. He also explores the roots of Liverpool's contrary nature, its rebelliousness and its hedonism, as well as some of the recent hurricanes that have battered the city, including the anger of Toxteth, the Hillsborough disaster and the murder of James Bulger. In this distinctly personal account, Lees defines the characteristics of this Celtic enclave, with her loudmouthed, big-hearted people who have created a city quite different from anywhere else in the world.
Powerful, passionate, punchy and provocative
At last a book on Liverpool with the heart and zest the city deserves . . . a cornucopia of colour and detail
The remarkable sweep and scope of this book traces the many origins and formative energies of this most anarchic, carnivalesque, promiscuous and contradictory of cities
The author has threaded his way through [a] tangled web of materials vividly to evoke for us a distinctive myth-history of the city
A melancholic peregrination through Liverpool and its history . . . the book distills a history of the slave trade, migration and the development of the port, establishing Liverpool's peculiar character via familiar themes: football, sectarianism, music, dialect, violence, dockers and the Militant tendency